I don’t sing.
I can’t sing, which is why it’s strange that I’m a fan of musicals. I memorize lyrics and stuff, and can probably attempt to sing them- but it comes out more like reciting a poem.
There are probably a lot more people in the same boat as I am.
I’m lucky that I live in a country that patronizes musicals as well. Just recently, Wicked (Australian Tour), was here- sadly I missed it. But I did get to watch Phantom of the Opera (2012) and Miss Saigon (back when I was a kid) live in Manila. Thank God for World Tours!
The Philippines has their share of local productions which have, in the recent years, escalated. Yay There are four main musical production houses in the Philippines- 9 Works Theatrical, Atlantis Productions, Resorts World Manila, Repertory Philippines. These are the ones I am familiar with anyway. So far I’ve watched:
The Sound of Music by Resorts World Manila
The King and I by Resorts World Manila
West Side Story by Atlantis Productions
What makes musicals so great?
Here are things I love about it:
1.) It’s Live!
No matter how great the special effects in movies are, nothing beats watching something live! It can transport you into the story, and affect you in no way a movie can.
Seeing the actors sing live, dance their hardest, and move with energy is such a high. It’s as if, as an audience member, you somehow absorb the adrenaline onstage.
Not to diminish the value of the good movie. I love movies! Movie buff as well. I guess both are special in their own way. For one, you can watch a movie as many times as you like- once you have the dvd!
2.) The Production!
It’s so much fun seeing another world on stage. The production, of course, helps in this aspect. Phantom of the Opera has got to be one of the most jaw dropping productions ever. Still can’t get over the chandelier. Oh, and the costumes!
3.) The Music!
The notes seem to have such an emotional/inspiring effect on me. I love how beautiful the melodies are. Sometimes, when I need to get in the mood for writing, I actually listen to musical numbers online. haha.
4.) The Words!
Since I love to write, I tend to pay close attention to a song’s words. In my opinion, for a song to be great, both the music and the words have to be beautiful. Bravo, bravo to musicals
for making great melodies and great lyrics.
5.) Lessons Learned
Or realizations after (or during) watching it. No matter how distant a story may seem. (Hello? Beauty and the Beast?) The emotions and trials that a character goes through are still relatable.
Or sometimes, the production itself, is just inspiring. The dance numbers in West Side Story just make you want to get out of your seat and join them.
What do you love about musicals? Feel free to share by commenting in my blog.